Thanks, Dad

Father’s Day this Sunday, 17 June, is a great chance to say thanks to the first man in your life.  Whether he’s a buttoned-up father type to whom a hug is a weird custom, a matey, sporty dad to whom you can open your heart, or a new daddy with a baby on his shoulder, bags under his eyes and a proud grin on his face, we’ve got super spots to take him for a meal to celebrate how special he is to you.
In London, three favourite toptable restaurants are offering special deals with views of the Thames, which always gives a meal a bit of a fillip.  At Le Pont de la Tour, a two course lunch is £20 and and a three-course dinner with a glass of champagne is £30, with unparalleled vistas of Tower Bridge and the City beyond.  While Le Pont de la Tour is French, La Cantina del Ponte is rustic Italian and it also has a pair of very smart deals: two course lunch for £12.50, two course dinner for £18.95, each with a glass of prosecco.  If your dad is a cool design-led type, he’ll love a meal at the Blueprint Café at The Design Museum.  Weekend lunch is just £16 for two courses from a set menu, while Sunday supper is an absurd £12.50 for two courses (two people only).  The Design Awards exhibition is on just now, including the Olympic torch.
If the other side of London is more your neck of the woods, The Fish Place restaurant in Battersea (near the heliport, if you’re airborne) also has divine views over the river and a very good deal of two courses for £25.
Linger over a high-end Michelin-starred lunch in smart surroundings at the corner where Belgravia meets Knightsbridge at Apsleys — A Heinz Beck Restaurant where a three-course weekend lunch with a glass of prosecco is £35.  Or spend the day elsewhere and end with a magnificent three course supper with  a glass of champagne for £45.
Antico in Bermondsey is a new Italian restaurant in a converted warehouse that’s had a lot of enthusiastic feedback from toptable diners.  Right now you can dine with 50% off food when diners have two courses, which you will certainly want to do, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.
Does your dad love jazz and wine?  Then you must book Davy’s Wine Vaults in Greenwich next to the mainline rail station.  It’s a cosy, friendly spot with live music on Sundays at lunchtime.  Study the shelves of excellent wines and buy one or two at retail price, then pay the reasonable corkage and open it over lunch.  If the sun is shining, you’ll enjoy the patio space too.
For daddy’s with little ones, Carluccio’s Caffè in Covent Garden is a brilliant choice.  Not only is the Italian attitude to children one of enjoyment and welcome, but the menu is perfect for little ones, high quality for adults and all the distractions of Covent Garden are right outside the door.  The price is tasty, too.
We at toptable have restaurants for every taste, style and pocket with tables available right now — with instant online reservation confirmation — to please and celebrate the father in your family.  Happy Father’s Day.